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Health officials: Flu shot may only be 10% effective this season

08 December 2017, 12:50 | Charlene Valdez

National Influenza Week stresses importance of vaccinations

Expect a Bad Flu Season

It may not sound like a disaster, since this year's flu shot is only 10 percent effective against the difficult-to-stop H3N2 strain.

"Grandparents are an important part of our families, and as they age, their health begins to decline", said Serese Marotta, Chief Operating Officer, Families Fighting Flu.

This fall Harvest Drug & Gifts has given between 500 to 600 flu vaccines. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department would like to take this opportunity to remind all the residents of our city and the surrounding area that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.

This possibility underscores the need to strive toward a "universal" influenza vaccine that will protect against seasonal influenza drift variants as well as potential pandemic strains, with better durability than current annual vaccines.

The New England Journal of Medicine report said that Australia experienced record-high lab-confirmed flu notifications, outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths all caused by the H3N2 strain.

"We watch what happens in the Southern Hemisphere, which is during our summer, to get an idea what may be occurring in the Northern Hemisphere; in the USA during our winter", said Jennifer Dillaha, the Medical Director for Immunizations at the ADH.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is to pause a plan to administer hepatitis A vaccines to children older than 12 months after the legislature's Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee questioned the plan's effectiveness yesterday.

Smith said she suffered temporary paralysis after getting the shot.


Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said that vaccine effectiveness is not a simple measure.

According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, this year's vaccine is only 10% effective because the virus mutated.

Being vaccinated better protects not only the individual, but also everyone around them.

"It makes me a little sad that people across the country - especially pregnant women - may not be getting the recommended and appropriate health care", Altmann said. Wash your hands. The virus lives on doorknobs and other things people touch. That means sneezing, coughing, spitting. Drink plenty of fluids.

Last year's vaccine was 42 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that number has been significantly lower in other years.

"Anything that you can do to help prevent your family from getting the flu is very beneficial", said Altmann, who was not involved in the CDC research.

This story appears through a media sharing agreement with Bangor Daily News.



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